Official Announcement: OC Beach Classic 2015Where and When:The OC Beach Classic will be held on August 15-16, 2015 in Downtown Ocean City, Maryland hosted by Ocean City Beach Ultimate. This is a second year tournament with a beautiful and convenient location, great parties, and teams of all skill/competitive levels. We are an official BULA sanctioned tournament!Format:24 mixed gender teams in a 2 day tournament: pool play Saturday followed by bracket play Sunday. We have gotten a lot of inquiries already, these spots will fill up fast!The format is BULA 5 on 5, with a 3:2 gender ratio. Games are played to a score of 13 and rounds are capped at 50 minutes. Your team is guaranteed 4 pool play games on Saturday and at least 2 games Sunday. The 5 on 5 playing field is 75m x 25m.Tourney Fee/What you get:The tournament fee is $350/team with no roster size limit! You will get 2 days of beach ultimate, guaranteed 4 games Saturday and at least 2 on Sunday. Water and tournament food will be provided! Your wristband will get you drink specials all weekend starting Friday night at the check in party. Saturday’s party is in the works!Lodging:Our official tournament hotel is The Atlantic Hotel (15 Baltimore Ave, OCMD). They will provide a discounted rate for ultimate players and the rooms are very nice and accommodating, just call 410-289-9111. Book your rooms here! You will be staying at tournament central and will not need your car the whole weekend. The fields are at your doorstep and beer will be served on the amazing ocean view balcony for players of age during Saturday’s Showcase game and Sunday Finals. The balcony directly overlooks the playing fields!Gear:We are getting custom printed beach ultimate gear provided from 5 Ultimate!Bids:Please email your bids to email@example.com with “Beach Classic 2015 Bid” in the subject and include:
- Your team name
- Experience level of your team
- Captains contact info
See you on the beach!
Announcement: Beach Summer League 2015Announcing Ocean City Beach Ultimate Summer League 2015!!!!What and Where?Beach ultimate is a non-contact sport played on a 75m x 25m field. We are playing a 10 week season from June 4th to August 6, 2015. Games are held every Thursday evening at 6pm in Downtown OC ON THE BEACH in-front of Somerset St (right next to the Ferris Wheel). We play a minimum of 2 games, usually until dark.Who?We welcome every kind of player 16 and older including beginners, college players, locals, ultimate dads and moms, and club level players. NEW PLAYERS are always encouraged to come out. Your awesome teammates will help you learn the game. Have fun, get exercise, and meet new people! Games are co-ed, so men and women play together.We welcome the traveling ultimate player too! If you are in town for a vacation or conference, come by and play for a small drop in fee.Format:We play 5 on 5 BULA rules. For 4 weeks, we will mix up teams so players can play with and meet different people and teach the basics of ultimate to the group and any new players. Then in week 5 we will form teams which we will keep together for a 6 week season. Your team will have a captain, ~8 people, and a team color. Please wear that color every week.Cost/What you get:The cost of the league is $60 per person. With registration you will receive a fresh summer league JERSEY, an OCBU DISC, and a 10 WEEK season! Water is provided every week. We will have a social event on the last week of the season with food and beverages for players, and beer for players 21+.Drop-in players are welcome every week for a $5 fee!How to Register:Fill out the survey (monkey) below to register!
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OCBU Bros Finish World Championships with Bronze MedalEarlier we told the story about the OCBU Bros in Phillipines training for Beach Worlds. Well the dust has settled and Morrill, Jacoski, and Team Phillipines ended the run with a bronze medal, ranked 3rd in the world for beach ultimate. The Open team cruised through pool play beating Germany 13-7, Ireland 13-4, Japan 12-9, and a young and fired up India 13-5.
They met their match against a very tall and well organized Great Britain in their third game on day 3. The Dragons uncharacteristically started the game slow giving up a break right away. The game went back and forth as the Brits took another break, which the Dragons would earn back with increased energy as the game neared the 45 minute time cap, but it was too little too late. Brit Captain Justin Foord, widely regarded as one of the top 10 players in the world, chased down a leading pass and laid out in the endzone to clinch the game, 12-10, completing the upset of the #2 seeded Dragons.Day 4 was the final day of pool play where the Dragons faced Denmark and at that point the Open division’s top scorer Andreas Knudsen. Unfortunately for Denmark, the Dragons loss made them extremely focused and they exploded the game to a 9-0 lead. The Danes eventually found the endzone and they more or less traded the game out, Dragons won 13-5 and held Knudsen to only 1 goal. The Phillipines then encountered fellow Asian nation Singapore for the final game of pool play and won 13-4.An interesting match-up in Pre-Quarters brought the very new ultimate nation of Kenya, lead by a few American ex-pats. These boys play the game the way it should be played: with a smile on their face! This was the teams first tournament outside of Africa and their chance to run with the best in the world. While the Dragons won easily 13-4, this game was more about the experience of the Kenyans to play a beach ultimate powerhouse, and the Dragons to show a young team their legendary speed on the sand. Great spirit and great plays prevailed, “I will remember this game for the rest of my life… we want to be the Boracay Dragons of Africa,” stated one Kenyan player in the post-game spirit circle.The Dragons faced another regional rival in Australia in a very closely contested Quarters match-up on Thursday morning. While the Aussies ran a very smooth vert stack offense and used their height, the Dragons’ speed and physical defense brought them to game point at 10-8. However, the Aussies said “not yet” and broke the Phillipines twice to force universe point. Receiving on offense, the Boracay boys worked the disc down field and after a veteran push pass, sealed the game 11-10.Semis brought #1 seed and undefeated USA. The US beat Phillipines 13-9 in last WCBU finals in 2011. This year’s game had winds gusting over 30mph and both teams knew that this was basically the real finals of the tournament, and one the fans wanted to see all along. While the US played a huck-and-play-defense strategy the Dragons were able to work the disc through the wind and even broke the Americans early to take a 2-1 lead. However, the poise and height of the US allowed them to earn back 2 breaks. This chaotic, turnover filled game was brought down to the wire and a universe point, game tied at 7. In what was a huckfest universe point, the Dragons actually worked the disc twice up to the doorstep but were unable to punch it in with the heavy winds and tight defense from the Americans.Emotions were running high and the game was well over the time cap: about 25 minutes over. After several travel calls and some downfield contact fouls with extended arguments, USA Captain Mario O’Brien called for a “spirit timeout”. In an incredible display of Spirit of the Game both teams huddled together on the field to collect themselves and refocus everyone on fair play and the fact that inevitably one team would win and one team would lose. With the US in possession, O’Brien let loose numerous quality hucks and despite the travel calls, downfield fouls, and powerful wind, one was eventually hauled in for the game winning goal.In the bronze medal matchup The Dragons faced Canada full of top club talent and height at an 8am game in serene, calm conditions. The previous day’s thrilling semis, along with eliminated teams enjoying the party, meant these 2 teams had the main arena mostly to themselves. This one was not for the fans, this was about the players and their last chance at a medal. While the Dragons held a 2 break lead for most of the game, this one again went to universe. Starting on D, the Dragons earned their turnover on the goal line through tight team defense and American Dragon AJ Jacoski scored the game winner. The Dragons won Bronze.Throughout the tournament it was readily apparent to fans and teams from around the world that the Phillipines’ speed and depth gave them an advantage in every game. The Dragons’ Morrill Performance training regimen was documented throughout the previous month as the team trained with FPT methodology. Strength and Conditioning Coach Morrill had this to say about his teams’ performance, “I have no doubt this Dragons team is the fastest beach ultimate team in the world. More importantly, we finished the tournament with zero injuries and athletes feeling as fresh as they did on Day 5 as on Day 1. I’m really proud of the hard work this team put in. They trained hard and played even harder.”Jacoski taught a lot of defensive fundamentals and a few zone sets at the Dragons practices and played the D line for most of the tournament, neutralizing the other teams tall guy or taking their top cutters. “The whole week was a grind for me on the D line, there are so many good players at this tournament. Our depth was really valuable as we could rotate matchups to give the other team various looks,” Jacoski said.The boys now return to Ameircan soil and the sweet Atlantic air of Ocean City, but they are not done. Their club team Humiliwag, based in OC, is competing at the first ever Beach Ultimate National Championships being held in Virginia Beach May 2-3, 2015. The event is organized by the sports’ national governing body USA Ultimate. Look for them by the ferris wheel downtown in front of the Atlantic hotel, they’ll be the guys with the cones and frisbees.
OCBC Finals Game Footage
Watch the finals of the OC Beach Classic 2014 between the Boracay Dragons and the host team Humiliswag. I have played with both of these teams in the past and was amazing to see such a competitive and spirited game between players of different cultures. It also blew my mind to see the Dragons on my home beach in OC, after I met them and played their host tournament on Boracay Island last March. The Dragons are the best club team in the Philippines and are preparing for World Championships of Beach Ultimate next year in Dubai.
The Humiliswag bros are some of my Medicine Men (club) and DC Breeze (professional) teammates from the Baltimore area. We are a team committed to playing high level beach ultimate and are also preparing for the Inaugural USA Ultimate Beach Nationals next year in Virginia Beach. Most of the girls are from Boston’s top women’s club team Brute Squad. They joined both Humiliswag and the Dragons for this tournament. The ladies do not get much recognition in this because the announcer did not know all their names, but they played phenomenal.
Humiliswag: Molly Hallweaver, Elana Schwam, Courtney Kiesow from Boston Brute Squad
Dragons: Shira Klane, Laura Bitterman of Boston Brute Squad. Steph Wong of Boston Lions (Mixed), and Tara Parvus original Dragon.
A special thanks to Colby Clarkson of 8-Bit Heroes for the funny and professional commentary, and for Humiliswag’s Chuck Cleary for filming and editing.
OCBC Tournament Director and your beach ultimate bro, AJ
Four Months of Beach Ultimate
Its October in OCMD. The beaches have cleared, the first wave of crisp autumn air has come, and with it the official end of summer.
GrowthThe change of season triggers a reflection of the past summer. This was a big year for ultimate down here on the shore. What began as a grass pickup game among friends has grown into… an actual league! Just 2 years ago we struggled to get 7 on 7 one day a week, now we have 2 grass pickup games (Berlin and Salisbury), and 2 league games (OC Beach and Fall Berlin) supported by over 30 players. Players can even pick and choose their games: some only play grass, others devoted to the beach, some play all 3 days a week.I wrote a piece earlier this summer on the International Players who became part of the OCBU family. Adding to that list we had 2 former Salisbury University players come through visiting from Singapore and Latvia respectively.We also hosted the Boracay Dragons for 2 weeks during their US Tour which included 3 team practices in OC and Assateague, and a couple friendly matches against the top OCBU players. “The sand is the nicest here. This is a real beach,” Dragons Coach Wendell Simbulan praised. This is coming from a team that has played all over the WORLD!Club and college ultimate players also found their way down to OCBU. We had college players drop in from WVU, UMD, and IUP in Pennsylvania. Some by accident, others knew there was a game before they came on vacation. Several club players from around Maryland came to join in on the action fairly regularly, and some of Boston’s Elite from Ironside and the women’s team Brute Squad.The most rewarding part of this growth is the handful of locals who started playing ultimate here at OCBU. We were lucky enough to introduce the sport to several high schoolers, and even some post-college folks who are now hooked. I never thought I’d see the day when a college ultimate player will tell his/her teammates “I started playing in OC.” Our game which began as a bunch of ultimate transplants is now beginning our second generation of grassroots players.TournamentAugust 9-10, 2014 we hosted the FIRST EVER ultimate tournament in Ocean City, the OC Beach Classic. Over 120 players on 11 teams participated in the two day event. Several Maryland teams were represented with other squads coming from New Jersey, Harrisburg, and Pittsburgh. The Boracay Dragons won the inaugural title after beating Humiliswag, an East Coast-based competitive beach ultimate team, 15-12.Words cannot fully express how huge the first year of this tournament was. The Town of OC was 100% supportive and was excited to not only be introduced to ultimate, but to see a new event in town after years of the same car fests, bike fests, beer fests, and sun fests. Furthermore, in our meeting with the Town Council, we found out that brand new athletic fields are being built and that Worcester County wants to hold more sporting events in the years to come. #grasstournamentThroughout the tournament, people were shocked and very stoked to see beach ultimate in action. Saturdays showcase game was played in front of about 300 people, all boardwalk passersby. I regularly saw people asking a player “what is this?” and that player explaining in a very professional and respectable manner: its beach ultimate. Thank you to the teams who believed in this tournament, played as hard as you did, and made the plays you did. It was personally a dream come true, and great for our sport.Four MonthsOn October 2nd a couple of us gathered for the weekly Thursday pickup beach ultimate game which fell short of numbers: only 4 people. This was a bummer, but as we threw we were greeted by a massive arching double rainbow over the Atlantic Ocean. Looking up at this masterpiece I realized we had played beach ultimate every Thursday from June 5 to September 25: 2 months of league and 2 months of pickup, and this rainbow signaled the end of the 2014 beach ulti season. I remembered every player that had come from far corners of the globe to the beach in Downtown OC knowing they had a game of ultimate here. I wondered who we would meet next summer. I wonder what next year’s “4 months” will look like.
Team USA Rosters Announced for Beach Worlds
USA Ultimate has announced the Rosters for all Seven teams competing at next year’s World Championships of Beach Ultimate to be held in Dubai. Teams will be representing the US in all seven divisions including: Open, Women’s, Mixed, Masters (age 30+), Mixed Masters, Women’s Masters, and Grandmasters (age 50+).
Players from Washington DC have been selected to represent the nation in Open, Women’s, Mixed, Mixed Masters, and Women’s Masters. Alan Kolick, Dave Cranston (Open), and Markham Shofner (Mixed) all play on DC’s Elite Club team Truck Stop as well as professionally for the DC Current (MLU). DC Breeze (AUDL) players Brett Matzuka and Tyler Digirolamo are also playing on the Open team. Ladies were selected from DC’s defending Club Champion, Scandal Ultimate, which include Jenny Fey, Samantha McClellan (Mixed), Kristin Franke (Women’s), Kimberly Beach (Mixed Masters), and Crystal Davis (Women’s Masters).
The last event was held in 2011 in Lignano, Italy. The US won Gold in each Division except Mixed Masters where the team fell to Great Britain in the finals, earning a Silver medal. This is the first year for the Women’s Masters Division.
OC Beach Classic 2014 Highlights
Check out the action from the OC Beach Classic 2014. Thanks to Charlie Foxtrot Films for filming and editing this highlight video! Full game footage of Showcase and Finals coming soon!